EMMITSBURG, Md. – Max Kra allowed just two hits over six innings, Brett Smith walked four times and scored two runs and Anthony Gingerelli hit his second home run of the season in the seventh inning to propel the Bucknell baseball team to a 6-1 victory over Mount St. Mary’s Wednesday afternoon at Straw Family Stadium. It was the fifth consecutive win for the Bison, who have allowed only five runs over that span.
Bucknell (13-11-1) has now won five games in a row for the first time since 2008. Mount St. Mary’s fell to 6-9 on the season as they managed just three hits in the contest against four Bison pitchers.
Gingerelli posted two of Bucknell’s nine hits in the contest, including a two-run home run in the seventh that stretched the Bison lead to four runs. He also had a sac fly in the third for a team-high three RBIs. Justin Meier drove in two runs on a two-out single in the third, while Smith had a sac fly in the eighth for his eighth RBI on the season.
Bucknell took a 3-0 lead in the third thanks to Meier and Gingerelli. Mount St. Mary’s got one back in the fourth on a sac fly by Kory Britton.
Gingerelli answered with his one-out home run to right in the seventh, while Smith’s sac fly plated an insurance run.
Kra (2-0) continued the recent torrid pitching by the Bison staff as he retired the first seven hitters he faced and allowed just two baserunners in his six innings of work. He struck out one.
Relievers Mike Castellani, Tom Hrabchak and Tucker Rekucki followed with an inning apiece as they stretched the Bucknell bullpen consecutive scoreless innings streak to 15.0. Hrabchak allowed a leadoff walk in the eighth and Mount St. Mary’s had hitters reach on a catcher’s interference and a two-out single in the ninth against Rekucki, but no damage was done.
The Mount used seven pitchers, who the Bison touched for nine hits and six walks. Starter Scott Nickerson (0-2) lasted three innings and was tagged with his second loss of the season.
Bucknell will return to Patriot League play this weekend when it hosts Lehigh in doubleheaders both Saturday and Sunday. First pitch is noon both days and fans can listen to all four games on WVBU 90.5 FM and BucknellBison.com.